Jesus was, is, and always will be in a league of his own. Many are happy to honor him as a good teacher and social reformer, and some religions even admit that he was a great prophet of God. But none of them go far enough.
The Greatest Messenger
Jesus was not just another prophet like those who had come before him. Nor was he merely a great moralist and motivator. He was, and is, qualitatively different.
Jesus is, as the Father himself testified at his baptism and on the Mount of Transfiguration, God's beloved Son (Mark 1:11; 9:7). And as God's Son, "he is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature" (Hebrews 1:3). You cannot get any greater than this.
So Jesus surpasses every other messenger God has sent, or ever could send, because by his very nature, he far exceeds all other contenders.
The Greatest Message
Not only is Jesus the greatest messenger. The message he brings is also the greatest, trumping every message that has ever, or could ever be, proclaimed.
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